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Eye on Health: Goshen Physicians Center for Weight Reduction

Eye on Health, sponsored by Goshen Health

We're a little more than two weeks from 2017, and it's a safe bet "losing weight" will be one of the most popular New Years resolutions for many.

The Goshen Physicians Center for Weight Reduction helps people do just that. It is anything but a typical gym.

It's a simple, yet complex approach here.

Medical and training professionals monitor you every step.

A nutritionist to tell you what to eat, and even in some circumstances, surgeons to make even more drastic changes..

And that's what attracted Judie Jones, who had tried for five years to lose weight she had gained after surgery.

"I came in and saw three people. A dietician, a nurse practioner and a weight trainer," Jones said.

She chose the medically monitored approach to -- over the course of three months -- lose 45 pounds eating 1,400 calories a day and working out four to five days a week.

"I am determined to stay here. I've learned so much about the right way of eating and the reasons behind the way that you should eat and exercise. I've learned so much that is going to stick with me," she said.

Another person who's seen this kind of success while taking a different path at Goshen is Marc Vance.

He chose gastric bypass surgery and has lost 95 pounds in about a half year.

"My mother-in-law actually weighs 95 pounds, so I’ve lost her and maybe a little more," Vance said.

Vance lost some of the weight through the Goshen Weight Center's medical monitoring plan, and continued even more weight loss after the surgery.

He now has completely changed his eating habits and exercises everyday.

Most important, Vance is now an active dad to his two children.

"I go out, and we play catch with the baseball or football. I go out and ride our bikes together, which before I never would have even started to think about getting on the bike," Vance said.

The numbers on the scale tell one story, but the numbers in their blood tell an even better story. Jones' cholesterol is down 65 points, Vance's is also significantly lower.

"One of the nice things about us is we are very in tune and well educated about the co-morbid conditions," said Kathy Meier, a nurse practitioner at the facility. "So if you're on high blood pressure medications, I know you're not going to be able to get your heart rate up to certain level as someone who's not."

And Meier says that's the difference between their approach and going to a traditional gym.

It's that personal treatment of getting one-on-one help and medical monitoring of each phase of successfully controlling your fitness your health and your life.

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